Oldham 26 Swinton Lions 24

FOR the third game in a row we came from behind to emerge winners, this time with a two-point margin in a Bower Fold thriller.

Starting badly, we went 12-0 down in as many minutes with Lions half-back Ben White scoring twice and his half-back partner Chris Atkin converting both of them.

We could do little right early on and the lively Lions thought they had scored again when Shaun Robinson got in at the corner only for the final pass to be judged forward — a let-off indeed.

Minutes later, and while we were still under the cosh, Kieran Gill intercepted a wide ball to the wing, juggled with it and then raced away from the half-way line to score a try which Lewis Palfrey goaled.

It was against the run of play, it has to be said, and the Lions were to increase their lead with an Atkin penalty before solid defence denied Will Hope, Craig Briscoe, Michael Ward and Tyler Dickinson, who were all held on the line.

Trailing 14=6, we had the advantage of the Bower Fold slope in the second half and we quickly turned the game on its head with two tries in three minutes by man-of-the-match Michael Ward.

Palfrey converted them both to give us an 18-14 lead, but back came Swinton with a try in the corner by Macauley Hallett. Atkin couldn’t convert this one, but Palfrey made no mistake with a penalty goal to nose us back in front.

We then extended our lead to 26-18 with a great try in the corner by Adam Clay, which Palfrey goaled beautifully off the touchline.

Still not finished, Swinton got back to within two points with a try by Josh Barlow, goaled by Atkin, but we held on to get the win we deserved and the two valuable points in the six-club scrap to stay in the Championship.

Swinton dominated the first half, but there was no doubting who commanded the second period in which we scored 20 points to Swinton’s 10.

Oldham: Lepori; Clay, Grimshaw, Gill, Chisholm; Palfrey, Owen; Joy, Foster, Burke, Briscoe, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Ward, Hughes, Dickinson, Hope.

Swinton: Fell; Robinson, Littler, Hallett, Marshall; White, Atkin; Fleming, Waterworth, Bracek, Dwyer, Lloyd, Barlow. Subs: Thornley, Lever, Nash, Beharrell.

Ref: Chris Kendall; Att: 758.

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